Taylor-Lauridsen Playground Park

  • 704 W. 42nd St.   Chicago, Illinois 60609 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Tricia Boruta
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6729

Located in the New City Community Area, Taylor-Lauridsen Park totals [4.68] acres and features a new state-of-the-art field house, completed in 2010 which houses a gymnasium, fitness center and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers a soft surface playground, athletic field for football or soccer and baseball field. Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility.After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Taylor-Lauridsen Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday events.

History

The New City community grew up around Chicago's world-renowned Union Stock Yards, founded in 1865. By the first decades of the 20th century, the stock yards and related industries had brought successive waves of immigrant laborers into the neighborhood. New City's population reached 92,659 in 1920. In 1922, the city's Bureau of Parks and Recreation decided to establish a much-needed park in the northeast corner of the neighborhood. However, condemnation proceedings delayed development for more than five years. Finally, in 1928, the bureau improved the site with a gravel-surfaced playground and ball diamond, an oval wading pool with a pergola shelter, and a small office building with open sand court wings. In the years following World War II, the building wings were enclosed to create a year-round recreational building, and the wading pool was converted to a spray pool. In 1959, the city transferred the park to the Chicago Park District, along with more than 250 other properties. After paving the playground in 1964, the park district made more extensive improvements in the late 1980s and 1990s, constructing a soft surface playground and enclosing the park with ornamental fencing. The park and adjacent Graham Elementary School are jointly operated by the park district and the Board of Education. The park was long known as Boyce Field. In September, 1976, the park district renamed the site Taylor-Lauridsen Park at the request of numerous community groups and organizations. The new name honors highly-regarded neighborhood residents John Taylor and Emil Lauridsen, who were murdered on March 13, 1976 after stepping in to help a 15-year-old who was being attacked by four assailants.

Parking/Directions

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Taylor-Lauridsen Diamond

Taylor-Lauridsen Diamond

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Fieldhouse

Taylor-Lauridsen Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Hours: , ,

Taylor-Lauridsen Fitness Center

Taylor-Lauridsen Fitness Center

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Notes: M-F 9:30am-8:30pm, Sat 9:30-3:30 ADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership

Taylor-Lauridsen Football Field

Taylor-Lauridsen Football Field

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Gymnasium

Taylor-Lauridsen Gymnasium

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Clubroom

Taylor-Lauridsen Clubroom

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Playground

Taylor-Lauridsen PlaygroundAccessible

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Sprinkler

Taylor-Lauridsen Sprinkler

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Spring Programs

Click on the Spring tab below. Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7.  Specialty camp dates vary.
Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17.
View programs online beginning Monday, March 30.  
Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

Click on the program name links below for program descriptions, availability information and to register online now (if available).

Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
16" Softball League at Taylor-Lauridsen Cancelled122234Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2015/05/07 23:00From May 7, 2015 to July 30, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$357.00
Arts & Crafts at Taylor-Lauridsen 122229InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2015/04/01 22:15From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$6.00
Arts & Crafts at Taylor-Lauridsen 105076InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/01 23:15From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7pm
$6.00
Basketball - Open at Taylor-Lauridsen 105292OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/03/30 18:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Taylor-Lauridsen 105294OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2015/04/01 23:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Taylor-Lauridsen 105291OpenSports - BasketballAnyCoed2015/04/04 17:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 3pm
$0
Basketball - Teen League at Taylor-Lauridsen 105321Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2015/03/31 23:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8:30pm
$6.00
Basketball at Taylor-Lauridsen 105374InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/03/30 20:30From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$6.00
Basketball at Taylor-Lauridsen 105375InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 21:45From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$6.00
Chair Exercise at Taylor-Lauridsen 105573InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/03/30 18:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:30pm
$0
Dodgeball at Taylor-Lauridsen 105783InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$6.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 105892InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/03/30 22:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$11.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 105893InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/04/01 22:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$11.00
Fun and Games at Taylor-Lauridsen 122230InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 23:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$16.00
Fun With Food at Taylor-Lauridsen 122235InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 22:15From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$6.00
Fun With Food at Taylor-Lauridsen 122236InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2015/04/02 22:15From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$6.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Taylor-Lauridsen 130613InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2015/04/01 17:15From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$11.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Taylor-Lauridsen 122231InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2015/03/31 16:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$16.00
Senior Citizens Club at Taylor-Lauridsen 107393OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/03/30 14:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 1:30pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Taylor-Lauridsen 107394OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/03/31 14:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9am to 1:30pm
$0
Soccer at Taylor-Lauridsen 122233InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 19:15From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2:15pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$11.00
Soccer at Taylor-Lauridsen 107516InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/03/31 20:30From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$6.00
Soccer at Taylor-Lauridsen 107517InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/03/31 21:45From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$6.00
Step Aerobics at Taylor-Lauridsen 130282InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2015/03/30 23:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$11.00
Step Aerobics at Taylor-Lauridsen 107644InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2015/04/01 23:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$11.00
Strength & Conditioning at Taylor-Lauridsen 130616InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/03/30 19:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Taylor-Lauridsen 130617InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/04/01 19:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$0
Teen Club at Taylor-Lauridsen 107841OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/04/03 23:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Volleyball - Open at Taylor-Lauridsen 108280OpenSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/04/02 23:30From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Volleyball League at Taylor-Lauridsen 122232Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upFemale2015/03/30 23:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 9:30pm
$153.00
Yoga at Taylor-Lauridsen 108411InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/03/31 00:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 8:15pm
$11.00
Yoga at Taylor-Lauridsen 130283InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/04/02 00:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:15pm
$11.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Taylor-Lauridsen 118155OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/06/15 22:00From June 15, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 8:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Taylor-Lauridsen 118156OpenSports - Basketball21 and upMale2015/06/19 22:00From June 19, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 8:30pm
$0
Day Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 118440CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$180.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 119033InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/15 22:30From June 15, 2015 to August 17, 2015
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$11.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 119034InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/17 22:30From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$11.00
Step Aerobics at Taylor-Lauridsen 121116InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2015/06/15 23:30From June 15, 2015 to August 17, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$11.00
Step Aerobics at Taylor-Lauridsen 121117InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2015/06/17 23:30From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$11.00
Volleyball - Open at Taylor-Lauridsen 121466OpenSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/06/16 22:00From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 8:30pm
$0
Volleyball - Open at Taylor-Lauridsen 121463OpenSports - Volleyball21 and upCoed2015/06/17 22:00From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 8:30pm
$0
Volleyball Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 132171CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/08/17 15:00From August 17, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$25.00
Volleyball Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 132172CampsCamps - SportsAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/08/17 18:00From August 17, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$25.00
Volleyball League at Taylor-Lauridsen 131700Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball40 and upFemale2015/08/20 23:00From August 20, 2015 to October 15, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$100.00
Yoga at Taylor-Lauridsen 121546InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/06/16 00:30From June 15, 2015 to August 17, 2015
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 8:15pm
$11.00
Yoga at Taylor-Lauridsen 121547InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/06/18 00:30From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:15pm
$11.00

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Located in the New City Community Area, Taylor-Lauridsen Park totals [4.68] acres and features a new state-of-the-art field house, completed in 2010 which houses a gymnasium, fitness center and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers a soft surface playground, athletic field for football or soccer and baseball field. Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility.After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Taylor-Lauridsen Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday events.

The New City community grew up around Chicago's world-renowned Union Stock Yards, founded in 1865. By the first decades of the 20th century, the stock yards and related industries had brought successive waves of immigrant laborers into the neighborhood. New City's population reached 92,659 in 1920. In 1922, the city's Bureau of Parks and Recreation decided to establish a much-needed park in the northeast corner of the neighborhood. However, condemnation proceedings delayed development for more than five years. Finally, in 1928, the bureau improved the site with a gravel-surfaced playground and ball diamond, an oval wading pool with a pergola shelter, and a small office building with open sand court wings. In the years following World War II, the building wings were enclosed to create a year-round recreational building, and the wading pool was converted to a spray pool. In 1959, the city transferred the park to the Chicago Park District, along with more than 250 other properties. After paving the playground in 1964, the park district made more extensive improvements in the late 1980s and 1990s, constructing a soft surface playground and enclosing the park with ornamental fencing. The park and adjacent Graham Elementary School are jointly operated by the park district and the Board of Education. The park was long known as Boyce Field. In September, 1976, the park district renamed the site Taylor-Lauridsen Park at the request of numerous community groups and organizations. The new name honors highly-regarded neighborhood residents John Taylor and Emil Lauridsen, who were murdered on March 13, 1976 after stepping in to help a 15-year-old who was being attacked by four assailants.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.